Census Bureau Stats: Hispanics in Arizona Up 46.3 Percent, Total Population Growing State-Wide

The U.S. Census Bureau released Arizona's detailed population totals Thursday, revealing a 46.3-percent increase in the Hispanic population over the past decade.

According to the Census Bureau press release (conveniently written in Spanish), nearly 600,000 more people identifying as Hispanic live in the state -- bringing 2010's total to nearly 1.9 million, compared to 1.3 million in 2000.

Included in the near-1.9 million Hispanic people in Arizona are more than 700,000 under the age of 18, which is 42.7 percent more than in 2000.

The rise in the Hispanic population also raised the proportion of Hispanic people in the state to 29.6 percent, up from 25.3 percent in 2000.

Gains around the state over the decade make Arizona the second-fastest growing state in the Union, according to the Census Bureau.

The population of Maricopa County went up 24.2 percent over the last decade, from nearly 3.1 million to more than 3.8 million - but not nearly as dramatic as the shift in Pinal County.

Pinal County's population rose 109 percent, from nearly 180,000 people in 2000 to nearly 376,000 in 2010.

In fact, every county in the state saw a population increase between 2000 and 2010 except Greenlee County, which lost 110 from its population.

While Phoenix remains the largest city in Arizona, increasing 9.4 percent to around 1.45 million people, several cities shook up the rest of the population standings in the state.

Chandler passed both Glendale and Scottsdale for the fourth most populous city, increasing 33.7 percent over the decade.

Gilbert gained nearly 99,000 more people in the last decade to pass Tempe for seventh on the list, and Surprise jumped eight spots to become the 10th most populous city in Arizona, from nearly 31,000 in 2000 to nearly 87,000 in 2010.

The largest percent changes in population in cities were Maricopa (4,801 percent), which went from just over 1,000 people in 2000 to more than 43,000 in 2010, and Buckeye (678.3 percent), which increased from around 6,500 to nearly 51,000 people in 2000 and 2010, respectively.

All of Arizona's detailed population statistics can be found from the Census Bureau here.

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